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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Coconut
This macadamia nut cookie is a shining star of the dessert tray!
These delicious jumbo-sized thick and chewy cookies rival any from the gourmet bake shop.
If you love white chocolate and macadamia nuts, this is the recipe you’ve been dreaming about. With just a touch of shredded coconut and coconut extract, the flavor is elevated to a tropical treasure! Even if you don’t love coconut, I think you’ll enjoy this cookie because the coconut flavor is subtle but with a big impact.
Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and stuffed with nuts and chocolate chips, these cookies are incredibly satisfying. Our Coconut Rum Blondies are also loaded with white chocolate chips and toasted macadamia nuts and simple enough to be ready in no time. Minimal effort – delicious results!
Chocolate is always at the top of my list of favorite dessert flavors, however white chocolate doesn’t always come to mind – let’s fix that!
If you’re like me and find white chocolate chips to be a little on the sweet side, be sure to reduce the amount of chips added to this recipe. I’ve noted a range of 1 to 2 cups of white chocolate chips in the recipe, so you can can decide what you like best. Somewhere in between, around 1 1/2 cups is the perfect amount for me. But don’t skimp on the macadamia nuts however, so good!
We use unsweetened, finely shredded coconut in these macadamia nut cookies.
If you can’t find unsweetened coconut in the baking aisle of your grocery store, check the organic section. We keep a container of coconut in the refrigerator to add to our oatmeal and cereal in the mornings. Unsweetened coconut can add a lot of flavor without overpowering your breakfast or desserts.
TIP: To keep these cookies nice and chewy, add a slice of bread to the storage container.
A slice of soft bread will help keep the cookies from becoming tough and dry if you have them around for a few days. This old trick also works for brown sugar. The bread becomes hard and dry, and the sugar or cookies soften. So don’t throw out that old dried up brown sugar! You can fix it easily with a little soft bread.
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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Coconut
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 cups white chocolate chips, more or less to taste
- 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts, unsalted and lightly toasted if desired
- Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
- Adjust your oven rack to the lower middle position and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt and coconut. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium until smooth and lightened. Add the egg, egg yolk, coconut extract and vanilla. Blend on medium speed until combined. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, blending just until the flour disappears. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula, and mix again and well combined. Add the nuts and chocolate chips and stir with a stiff spatula or wooden spoon until combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop that holds about 2 tablespoons, roll the dough into balls and place them 2-inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake the first sheet while rolling the remaining cookie dough. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the edges are set and beginning to brown and the center are still soft and puffy. Rotate the sheet halfway through baking to ensure even browning.
- Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Or, if you are using a rimless baking sheet, slide the entire sheet of parchment and cookies onto the wire rack to cool.
Kitchen essentials: I love making cookies on my rimless baking sheet. You can slide the entire sheet of parchment (with cookies on top) directly onto the cooling rack. No messing around with a spatula! Click on the photo for more information:
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Love white chocolate? You might want to try our Cinnamon Granola Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle. They’re a great addition to any lunch box or terrific for an after-school snack. How about this super simple Oreo White Chocolate Fudge from That Skinny Chick Can Bake – it looks wonderful! Love this twist on the classic cookie – White Chocolate Snickerdoodles from Two Peas & Their Pod. and finally, how about this White Chocolate Macadamia Pie from Taste and Tell? So pretty!
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